We are in Bisbee, AZ. A fantastic stop which I'll write about in a separate blog. But this post is about what must have been a humorous arrival for our fellow campers. In case you're wondering, the clown in this story is ... me!
First the arrival is through a tiny, twisty set of turns up a steep hill to the plateau which is the RV park. Lonna thought we lost the trailer on this part, but I was fearless and did a great job if I do say so. The very small park (25 sites) has a "circle the wagons" look & this was going to be only the second time I've had to demonstrate my backing in skills. While it wasn't the fastest back in, it was safe and only provided minor amusements to the others.
Now the fun began ... unhitching Big Foot (the truck) from the Horney Toad (the Airstream). I've alluded to this marvel of engineering hitch that we have before. The claim to fame is a guaranteed sway elimination mechanism & it is truly a joy to pull. But it does NOT want to unhitch easily. I've unhitched successfully a dozen times now and most are the same where there is popping noise and then separation. I've just taken it for granted that this is the way it happens. Well, I can confidently say that is wrong!
I have now experienced effortless extraction of the stinger from the receiver. I mean I just took my foot off the brake and the damn truck drove out of the hitch. It was perfect. Lonna's prayers were answered. I almost broke down and started crying.
It only took an hour of screwing around with the hitch & multiple failed attempts at disconnecting. Somehow I got lucky, the stars aligned and I was finally able to take the clown suit off ... to applause of the growing spectator gallery.
I even have a full page on Evernote detailing tips and tricks to get this hitch positioned for removal. I'll get another chance to see if my latest addition to the notes does the trick. What is that trick you ask? If I adjust the weight distribution bars to a nose up position of 7.2 degrees while also having the hitch receiver at 14" above the ground, then boom ... it slides out ... without the boom. Technically, I need to measure the angle of the stinger on the truck to calculate the relative angle of entry, but I'll do that when hooking up. I paid $1.99 for the Clinometer iPhone app. I use it for leveling the trailer, but it now has a new job too.
I get many more tries to dial in my recipe. Next stop Tucson!